As the rate of mothers electing for a Cesarean section increases to all-time highs, so are the numbers of birth injuries. Obstetric groups and the March of Dimes recommend that women deliver by natural birth as often as possible. Further, if a woman requires a c-section or an induced labor, they recommend that the procedure take place no earlier than the 39 weeks of pregnancy. Because a c-section is major abdominal surgery, “higher rates of surgical complications, maternal re-hospitalization, as well as with complications requiring neonatal intensive care unit admission” are occurring, the National Center for Health Statistics reports.
Problems noted with some c-sections include:
• Complications due to the induction drug Pitocin and epidurals that increase the need for a vacuum extraction or forceps to be used during delivery
• Baby born with breathing problems
• Baby born with medical problems, including brain damage and brachial plexus injuries
• Complications with future pregnancies, including problems with the placenta not forming correctly, not in the right place, or improperly working
Many c-sections are being planned a bit too early, the March of Dimes reports. Giving birth before 39 weeks, if not medically necessary, can harm the baby and mother. A full 39 weeks gives your baby a chance to develop:
• All the vital organs such as the brain, lungs and liver
• Vision and hearing
• Proper weight and temperature
• The ability to swallow, suck, and stay awake to eat after birth
Children born too early sometimes take longer to develop these vital parts of their bodies and motor skills. Even if the c-section date is off by a week or two, it can compromise the health of your newborn.
Moms and newborns deserve the best chances for success. When a health care professional fails to follow standard procedures of care and injury ensues, a birth injury attorney will spend time with you to understand your situation and explain your options for dealing with the traumatic experience. In Illinois, Chicago birth injury attorney Paul A. Greenberg knows that prompt attention to your situation can give a mom and her family the resources they need. With Briskman Briskman & Greenberg’s decades of experience, they will pursue every avenue to get compensation for past and future medical bills, pain and suffering and loss of normal life.
Briskman Briskman & Greenberg is known for fighting for a family’s rights against hospitals, big medical practices, and insurance companies. Their team of Chicago birth injury lawyers treats each client like family, with the utmost of attention and dedication to compassionate, effective service.
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